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Description of the boat

Capitalizing on 40 years of expertise, the First 53 is the latest member of the First range, launched by BENETEAU in 1977.

With sights set on high-performance cruising and more, if you are keen on regattas, this “Luxury Performance” sailing yacht was designed for expert sailors and demanding owners. With a well-balanced hull and helm for unique sensations, easy-flow deck plan, modern marine interior with a décor of white lacquered bulkheads and moulded wood, the First 53 gets the renewal of the new generation of First sailing yachts truly underway!

NAVAL ARCHITECT : Biscontini Yacht Design

INTERIOR DESIGN : Lorenzo Argento

DECK DESIGN : Lorenzo Argento

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EXTERIOR DESIGN

The First 53 is a happy mix of classic and modern lines. With a straight slender bow providing plenty of forward space, and a 5-metre maximum beam further aft, she immediately stands out for her sturdy seaworthy looks. The cockpit has been studied in detail to ensure nothing can obstruct forward movement: manoeuvring close-hauled from the twin helm stations with easy access to the side decks, space given over completely to relaxation near the companionway. With a flush deck, low coachroof and a sleek modern look, she has all the virtues of a thoroughbred. The First 53 marks a new era with a top quality mast and high-end deck gear and a powerful sail plan that is easily controlled by a shorthanded crew.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Moulded wood has made a comeback in the interior of the First 53. This noble material with polished finishes contrasts with a modern almost minimalist décor of lacquered white bulkheads with a teak sole. There are lots of fiddles and hand rails, as well as plenty of storage indoors, where three double cabins and two heads make up the accommodation. The major innovation in the interior has been separating the lounge/relaxation area, with a sofa and coffee table, and the galley space with a dinner table. The result is bright, well-ventilated and it communicates well with the exterior by an easy and intuitive companionway.

Enjoying the Sea Close Up

A First in every detail, the First 53 meets a detailed set of specifications, the goal of which is to make it a new gold standard in fast luxurious cruising. She took two years to develop and bring excellence closer to water level, meeting the requirements of highly demanding owners in terms of thrills at the helm, speed and life on board at anchor.

RELAXING

The First 53 matches new sailing requirements with a completely new interior housing a large sofa and coffee table and divided into two very distinct and practical spaces: a relaxation area and a meal space.

COCKPIT

The designer Lorenzo Argento focused on free-flowing movement between the helm stations, easy access to the foredeck, and judicious sheet and winch positioning. Behind the lifting transom, which converts to a swim platform, you can easily stow away an 8 ft tender in the tender garage.

SENSATIONS AND THRILLS

To achieve maximum thrills at the helm, we focused on balancing weight and balance under sail when we designed the boat. For example, the centre of buoyancy is aligned on the centre of effort. Boasting a straight bow making her more spacious, as well as a maximum beam further aft, a 2.5 m or 3 m draught (with lead bulb), with twin rudders to control her highly responsive hull perfectly, the First 53 has the competitive advantage of a hull that clocks up miles quickly.

CHARACTERISTICS

Length overall :
17.16 m
Hull Length :
15.98 m
Hull Beam :
5.00 m
Light displacement :
15 500 kg
Fuel tank capacity :
400 L
Fresh water capacity :
720 L
Engine Power (Hp) :
110 CV
Propulsion :
Sail drive
CE Certification :
A10/B12/C14

Profiles

Blue hull

White hull

Main Deck

  • CE Certification A10/ B12/C14 (14 passengers on board)

  • Central aisle serving the double cockpit saloon converting into two large sun loungers, solid wood tables, large lockable storage lockers.

  • Cockpit divided into two sections: manoeuvres near the twin helm stations with easy access to the sidedecks, and a relaxation space

  • Spacious swim platform offering access to below the cockpit where an inflatable tender can be stowed (2.40 m)

  • 5-metre beam

  • Straight slender bow

3 cabins - 2 heads

  • C-shaped fitted galley: fridge, sink, 3-ring hob, oven, storage and large worktop

  • Large saloon with two spaces: relaxation space with a sofa and occasional table and a meal space with a dining table

  • Extra spacious master cabin: one 1.60 m wide double island bed, two hanging lockers, plenty of storage and large portholes on either side.

  • Two aft cabins with double berths

  • Two shower rooms with separate shower compartment and sea view

  • Several hull portholes and deck hatches make the space naturally bright

3 cabins - 3 heads

  • C-shaped fitted galley: fridge, sink, 3-ring hob, oven, storage and large worktop

  • Large saloon with two spaces: relaxation space with a sofa and occasional table and a meal space with a dining table

  • Extra spacious master cabin: one 1.60 m wide double island bed, two hanging lockers, plenty of storage and large portholes on either side.

  • Two aft cabins with double berths

  • Private shower rooms for each cabin with separate shower and sea view

  • Several hull portholes and deck hatches make the space naturally bright

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